About Jimbo

Judge Stephens' life story of overcoming the loss of his right hand at age 11 is an inspirational testimony that encourages our youth to work hard and not let others discourage them from reaching their goals.

A graduate of LSU Law School, Stephens has nearly 34 years of legal experience, including almost ten years as a District Judge. Having served as a district judge in a general jurisdiction court, he is well qualified to serve on the Appellate Court.

Stephens currently serves as the incumbent Second Circuit Court of Appeal for the area that includes part of Ouachita, Morehouse and West Carroll Parishes, and includes all of Richland and Franklin Parishes. Judge Stephen office is in Monroe but travels to the Court of Appeal in Shreveport where he works with eight other judges in panels to review cases from some twenty parishes in North Louisiana.

Judge Jimbo Stephens in an Independent with a record as a constitutional conservative. He upholds the law and our freedoms. He does not legislate or advocate for political causes.

Jimbo is married to Faith Aubin Stephens and they have three children and four grandchildren. Faith and Jimbo live on their farm and continue the fifth generation of family farming.

At A Glance

  • James M. “Jimbo” Stephens is the Incumbent Second Circuit Court of Appeal.
  • Stephens graduated from the LSU Law Center in 1983.
  • Stephens had been a lawyer for 24 years before becoming a judge of the District Court in 2007.

Jimbo is a member of:

Former Member of the North Louisiana District Judges Association, Former President of Fifth District Bar Association, Chief Judge of Fifth JDC, Winnsboro Masonic Lodge #246, New Hope Lodge #328, Experimental Aircraft Association, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, NRA, National Wild Turkey Federation and other organizations.


Judge Stephens is an example of how faith and hard work make the impossible possible. He’s a tough judge but he is always fair. He deserves our support.”

- Phil Trahan, Ouachita Parish

Jimbo lost his right hand in an accident when he was 11 years old. But that did not stop him from becoming a rodeo competitor, an airplane pilot, a judge, a fifth generation family farmer and more.”

- Buckshot Sims, Franklin Parish